Do you do Responsive Classroom or Morning Meetings in your school or classroom? If so, you know that spending 15-20 minutes a day sharing thoughts and “playing” with your students can be your most successful relationship building moment of the day.
My students and I learn more about each other and build the strongest community bonds during our Morning Meeting time. In the time that most teachers would be transitioning from breakfast/morning work to “class” time, we are sharing our thoughts, writing songs together, completing mini-stem challenges, playing teamwork building games, solving critical thinking puzzles, character building, and learning about each other’s strengths and unique personalities in ways that just can’t happen during any other class time.
To make my morning meetings easier to plan and keep routine, I use a Google slides presentation. Having this routine has allowed me to share these with my substitutes, collaborative teachers and students so that meetings can still run smoothly when I’m out. Because my students are used to seeing the same layout each day, I can often choose a student to lead the meeting on the days that I’m out. For those teachers who know what it’s like trying to explain a morning meeting to a substitute on paper, you know that the ability to have a student run your meeting instead is amazing! (Of course, I teach 4th graders who are capable of leading this and reading the presentation, but I’m sure this is possible of some of the younger grades also!)